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NAUH Urges “Supercommittee” Members to Reject Damaging Medicare, Medicaid Proposals

NAUH wrote to the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to urge members to reject any Medicare and Medicaid deficit reduction proposals that come before the committee that would jeopardize the ability of private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals to continue serving their communities as effectively as they have for so many years.  In particular, NAUH urged committee members to reject proposals that would reduce or eliminate Medicare bad debt reimbursement; reduce Medicare indirect medical education (IME) and direct graduate medical education (DGME) payments; reduce Medicaid eligibility, benefits, or payments to providers; or reduce Medicare disproportionate share (Medicare DSH) and [&hellip

Ways and Means Democrats Set Forth “Options”

The Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means Committee has released a document outlining 24 Medicare cuts that will most likely be considered by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction as that group considers deficit reduction proposals to present to Congress for an up or down vote by the end of the year.  The committee’s staff notes that it offers them as “options,” not as proposals. Three of those options are of particular interest to urban safety-net hospitals – and would be especially damaging for such hospitals: Reduce or eliminate Medicare bad debt reimbursement. Cut reimbursement for graduate [&hellip

NAUH Member Cited by National Publication

NAUH congratulates Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of NAUH-member Resurrection Health Care Corp., for her selection as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare – 2011” by Modern Healthcare magazine

Focus on Medicare and Deficit Reduction

Urban safety-net hospitals have a great deal at stake in Medicare policy changes that may result from the budget deficit reduction process established through the Budget Control Act passed last month. That process started with $900 billion in future federal spending cuts adopted immediately and another $1.2 trillion to be identified and passed by the end of the year – or, failing that, immediate cuts in various aspects of federal spending, including a two percent cut in Medicare payments to hospitals. In an issue brief entitled “The Budget Control Act of 2011:  Implications for Medicare,” the Kaiser Family Foundation presents [&hellip

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